I want to export an org mode document so that sections or subsections with TODO keywords do not appear in the exported output. How can this be achieved?

The export-settings documentation does not explicitly mention anything related to this.

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There is an export option to control exporting of TODO items:

tasks: Toggle inclusion of tasks (TODO items), can be nil to remove all tasks, todo to remove DONE tasks, or a list of keywords to keep (org-export-with-tasks).

Setting it to nil will hide tasks from your exported document.


Or if you want to export DONE items but not TODO items, set it (tasks) to done.


I used tasks:nil. For example, I use this in a sub-tree where I want to exclude tasks from export:

:EXPORT_OPTIONS: tasks:nil

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